Father of Ireland U17 keeper 'outraged' at referee's 'harsh' decision

Martin O'Neill confronts referee after Ireland U17 goalkeeper sent off in penalty shootout

Martin O'Neill confronts referee after Ireland U17 goalkeeper sent off in penalty shootout

This is the weird moment Ireland goalkeeper Jimmy Corcoran received a second yellow card despite saving a vital penalty in the U17 European Championships quarterfinal against the Netherlands.

Many on social media are confused as to exactly why Corcoran was sent off - some have theorised that it may have been for dissent - but the rulebook clearly states that a keeper must be given a second yellow if the referee sees him come off his line for a penalty.

As the Dutch wheeled away in triumph after a 5-4 victory on penalties following a 1-1 draw at the end of the game, Corcoran broke down in tears and was comforted by his team-mates.

While Corcoran denied Redan, referee Proske deemed the goalkeeper to have moved off his line in advance of the shot and surprisingly issued the...

Now, that's not unheard off, but sending a player off for it is, with Proske handing Corcoran his second yellow of the game.

However, replays showed that Corcoran's forward movement was minimal and the teenager was left inconsolable by the decision.

With substitutions during a shootout not permitted, centre half Oisin McEntee went into goals and was beaten by Chelsea's Daishawn Redan. The penalty was retaken and the Netherlands, favourites to win the tournament, scored to progress.

Manager of the Republic of Ireland senior team Martin O'Neill was on the pitch after the Netherlands controversially saw off Ireland on penalties to leave our Euro hopes in the dust.

When asked how Jimmy was doing the morning after the night before, Noel said: "He slept a little bit but he's not feeling a whole lot better but time will fix that". This is football and that's why we play sport; for the ups and downs.

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